Essay about Kantian Deontological Ethics And Utilitarian Ethics

756 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
Assignment 5
The two major ethics theories that attempt to justify and specify moral principles and moral rules are Kantian deontological ethics and Utilitarian ethics. The Kantian deontological ethics takes a position that justifies the goodness of actions based on the action’s devotion to the set rules and principles (Wolff 158). It is a duty based ethics because the set rules bind individuals to their normal duties and as such the consequences do not matter but instead compliance is what matters. In fact, it is argued that people must act from duty and thus it is not the consequences that make the actions wrong but rather the motives of a person who launches an action. Contrary to Kantian deontological ethics, Utilitarian ethics takes an approach that implies that no moral act done by a person is right or wrong but rather, the wrongness or rightness of the rule or act solely relies on the consequences of doing that act (West 1). Paramount is Utilitarian ethics holds that the consequences of one’s conduct are the decisive basis for the judgment of whether that action is right or wrong.
In my understanding, the most reasonable ethical theory is Kantian deontological ethics because it recognizes that moral duties are essential as they derive a person’s conduct of doing right or wrong (Wolff 160). It shapes human actions since the reasons for doing a particular act is without the influence of desires and emotions. As opposed Kantian deontological ethics, utilitarianism…

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